West Virginia senators push for opioid funding in health care bill

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- “Some red flags went up for me," West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said.

Capito is the latest Republican to oppose the Senate health care bill. She said it was the changes to Medicaid and their effect on the opioid crisis that pushed her to say ‘no.'

“When CBO made the score and told us how many people could possibly lose coverage and what the price of insurance could go to it really caused me to kind of confirm my beliefs that this isn’t the right bill for West Virginia," Capito added.

“Without Medicaid I would be dead," Shelby from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia said.

Shelby was addicted to opioids for three years. She said an abusive relationship caused her problem with prescription drugs to grow. It later snowballed into heroin.

“Hard to believe that the other side of our government thinks that passing this is bill is somehow going to help people like me to get through our addiction. If it hadn’t been for the Medicaid that we already have like I said before I wouldn’t be able to be here talking to anyone about it," she added.

In an emotional plea to Congress, Shelby is encouraging other Republican lawmakers to vote against the health care bill.

Shelby already has the support of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).

“We’re not making this political I’m not making this political I’m not chastising my Republican colleagues I am just asking them to get a soul. To get a heart and soul on this piece of legislation," Manchin said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is re-working the the health care bill to include more funding for opioid treatment.

Lawmakers are expected to continue debate on the bill when they return from 4th of July recess.

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